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Curious, but True!

Curious, but True!

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

In this and some of my upcoming columns, I will explore “numismatic curiosities,” some well known and some obscure.

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Name That Place!

Name That Place!

Here are the answers to last week’s Test Your Knowledge! Did you pass the test? Sam S. was the lucky winner on our Facebook page.  He will be received a FREE copy of Q. David Bowers latest work, Coins and Collectors Golden Anniversary Edition. Do you want to get in on the action? You can participate on Facebook, Twitter or right on our blog at StacksBowers.com by leaving your answers in the comments section! Thank you to all who participated. 

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Choice 1879 Flowing Hair Stella PCGS Proof-63

Choice 1879 Flowing Hair Stella PCGS Proof-63

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

The $4 Stella, while technically considered a pattern issue, displays a unique design, tiny mintage, and interesting history, and has been included in regular issue gold type sets for generations. Over the years, the story has been told in countless auction catalogs of the origin of this odd denomination, its different composition, and its high demand from collectors. 
Author: Greg Cohen
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Rare, Historic, Beautiful, Condition Census Quality 1852 United States Assay Office of Gold $50

Rare, Historic, Beautiful, Condition Census Quality 1852 United States Assay Office of Gold $50

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

This week’s highlight from our Rarities Night Session of our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo is a lovely 1852 United States Assay Office of Gold $50. Always popular and fascinating for numismatists, these “slugs” or ingots are impressive in both size and heft (weighing nearly 2.5 ounces), and are a tangible link to this historically important era. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Coin Quiz from Coin Collector #49, December 16, 1996: What Can The Date Be?

Coin Quiz from Coin Collector #49, December 16, 1996: What Can The Date Be?

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

There are many instances in American numismatics in which a coin can be viewed from the reverse (or dateless side) and because the reverse is so distinctive, the obverse date can be determined -- that is if you have a good knowledge of die varieties and types.

Here I will give clues concerning five (well, six with the bonus question) different United States coins that can be identified by their reverses. See how many you can get.

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